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Suffering Is A School of Wisdom (La souffrance est une école de sagesse) [DOC], UK PREMIERE
Dir. Astrid Ariane Atodji
Congo-Brazzaville/France. 2014. 72 mins. Colour. Fon, French with English subtitles.
Since his arrival in Cameroon 40 years ago, Atodji’s father has never set foot in his native Benin. What would have pushed him to leave without a trace, to abandon his parents, siblings, as well as the daughter he had in Benin the very same year of his self-imposed exile? No longer able to countenance these gnawing questions, Atodji embarks on a journey to Benin hoping to find her relatives as well as answers. In this emotive documentary, award-winning Atodji bravely confronts her family’s past as well as her own vulnerabilities, exploring notions of identity and belonging that help her understand not only her own personal story, but a wider history.
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